Tower Grove Baptist Church
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
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Information for Parents

At Tower Grove Baptist Church we understand that who you trust to watch your children is a very important decision - and we feel the same way. So along with letting you know what we are teaching in both in our Bible Study classes as well as our exciting new Children's Church, we wanted to let you know about the systems we have in place to help ensure the safety and well-being of all the children and young people who come to Tower Grove.
 
Matthew 18:5-6, 10 NASB (Jesus is speaking)
"And whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me;
but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble,
it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck,
and to be drowned in the depth of the sea....
See that you do not despise one of these little ones,
for I say to you that their angels in heaven
continually see the face of My Father who is in heaven."
 
You can download a PDF copy of our complete Policies and Procedures. Below is an overview of our Safety System:
 
Because we love children and desire to protect them, Tower Grove Baptist Church requires all staff members and volunteers working with children or students (and other vulnerable populations) to complete Four SAFETY STEPS before ministry work or volunteer placements begin.
 
STEP ONE: Sexual Abuse Awareness Training
 
To equip Tower Grove staff members and volunteers with information necessary to recognize abuser characteristics and behavior, Tower Grove requires all staff members and volunteers to complete MinistrySafe sexual abuse awareness training. This training will be renewed every two years.
 
STEP TWO: Screening Process
 
Staff members and volunteers are required to complete the Tower Grove Screening Process:
  • complete a volunteer interest form
  • have a background check completed
  • complete a face-to-face interview
  • provide three references to be checked
A volunteer must attend Tower Grove for three months and be a member of Tower Grove in good standing before being eligible to serve in positions providing access to children, students, or vulnerable populations.
 
STEP THREE: Policies & Procedures
 
Staff members and volunteers are required to review the policies contained in this manual and sign the last page indicating that he or she has read and understood the material and agrees to comply with policy requirements.
 
STEP FOUR: Criminal Background Check
 
Tower Grove requires that all staff members and volunteers working or volunteering in children’s ministries, student activities, or programming undergo a criminal background check. Depending upon position, differing levels or intensity of background checks may be required. A background check will be completed if any staff member or volunteer has not been active in children’s ministry
for one year.
 
There is also ongoing monitoring of our various children's programs.
 
Children’s Ministries Staff and Volunteer Monitoring Plan
 
Monitoring of staff and volunteers will include (announced and unannounced) visits in each program to provide the children’s director the opportunity to observe staff members and volunteer interactions with children.
  • The children’s director will conduct unscheduled observations for programs that occur weekly.
  • The children’s director will conduct written observation evaluations as needed for staff members and volunteers.
  • The children’s director will conduct periodic verbal observation evaluations that include items that address participation in risk management training and adherence to risk management procedures.
  • The children’s director will conduct unscheduled observation of a children’s ministry program as needed or at least once each quarter.
  • The senior pastor will meet with the children’s director regularly to discuss children’s ministry, leadership, shepherding, training, and procedures.